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civility

[ si-vil-i-tee ]
/ sɪˈvɪl ɪ ti /
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noun, plural ci·vil·i·ties.

courtesy; politeness.
a polite action or expression: an exchange of civilities.
Archaic. civilization; culture; good breeding.

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Origin of civility

1350–1400; Middle English civilite<Middle French <Latin cīvīlitāt- (stem of cīvīlitās) courtesy. See civil, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM civility

o·ver·ci·vil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for civility

civility
/ (sɪˈvɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

politeness or courtesy, esp when formal
(often plural) an act of politeness
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